1/76 Cromwell: Daughter & Dad Co-Build
The last of my Airfix builds for 2016, though this strictly speaking isn’t one of mine, but rather my daughter Aemilia’s build…I just painted it, and stuck a few more bits on when she lost interest…
Purchased back in 2015 from our local supermarket which had a number of Airfix starter kits going for $10, (see previous posts). My daughter had a crack at building the 1/76 Cromwell Mk.IV.
I had no expectations regarding this kit, to be honest I thought it was going to be some dreadful re-pop from the 1970’s, so imagine my pleasant surprise on opening the box to discover it’s yet another new tool release from Airfix.
It’s a well engineered product & kept my daughter’s attention for the afternoon it took to build.
I actually went back to the same store & bought one for my collection to build at a later date, a pretty good recommendation considering I don’t normally do small scale armour.
As with most kids of today after that first flush of excitement getting something stuck together, she lost interest in getting it finished and so it languished in her cabinet of breakables, with the gun barrel broken after a handling mis-hap.
Scroll forward to January 2016 and I’m in a process of getting a number of stalled builds finished & my eye catches the hapless & forlorn Cromwell sitting on the shelf, so I decide, ‘well, it’s worth finishing properly’…
The broken barrel was replaced with some brass tube, the snorkel added, together with some of the stores boxes Aemilia missed while building, and then the whole thing was sprayed in black primer. Construction wise, I didn’t finesse anything so the build is ‘as is’.
I had a bit of fun painting & weathering.
Some stainless steel fishing wire was used for the aerials, decals added & the job’s done…
For those interested in those sort of things, the markings are for the British Army’s 5th Royal Horse artillery, 7th Armoured Division, ETO post D-Day to 1945.
Thanks for looking.